Once America's most popular and
loved city tree, the American elm is making a comeback. Dutch elm
disease, brought to the United States in the 1930s, has since killed as
many as 100 million trees. Many people gave up hope that the decline of
elms would ever be reversed. While the disease is still a threat,
research has identified trees with a natural tolerance to
disease. These pure American elms with names like Princeton, New
Harmony and Jefferson are increasingly available in nurseries.
They are very appropriate for planting on city streets, and in parks
and yards. American elms thrive in a wide range of conditions,
are fast-growing, and are beautiful.
A new 49-minute documentary, The American Elm:
Majestic, Imperiled, Renewed, chronicles the rich legacy of
this tree and the discovery of disease-tolerant elms when cities
are most in need of fast-growing, large-canopy trees to address local
and global environmental problems. The documentary premiered at
the 2007 D.C. Environmental Film Festival and is now available for
purchase for individual, school and community screenings.
purchase a copy of the documentary, click here or send a check for $30 to:
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Cheverly, MD 20785-1216
American Elm featured on NBC Nightly News, August,
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